what gives?

what gives?
what gives? (informal)
1. What's new?
2. What's happening?
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Main Entry:give

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what gives? spoken phrase
used for asking what is happening in a situation
Thesaurus: ways of asking questions and making requestshyponym to ask a question or questionssynonym
Main entry: give

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informal what's the news?; what's happening? (frequently used as a friendly greeting)

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What gives?
informal
— used to ask the reason for something

You've been acting weird all week. What gives? [=why are you acting weird?]

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Main Entry:give

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what ˈgives? idiom
(informal) what is happening?; what is the news?
Main entry:giveidiom

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